The Confucius Institute for Scotland acts as a conduit for information on events and activities relating to China. The pages in this section highlight various occasions and performances organised by or promoted by the Institute.
As part of the Burrell`s China Season 2010, there will be a free monthly Chinese film shown in the Burrell Theatre at 2pm over summer 2010.
Next month`s film is `Snow in August` which will introduced by Dr Yupin Chung, Curator of Chinese and Far Eastern Civilisations will be shown on Sunday 8th August at 2pm.
`Snow in August` (2002, 120 min) from Gao Xingjian, a winner of the 2000 Nobel Prize for Literature, comes a “major drama about life.” This is a special screening of Gao’s contemporary opera.
It is based on the life of Huineng (AD 633-713), the Sixth Patriarch of Zen Buddhism in Tang Dynasty China. Packed with the myriad sights and sounds of both the Eastern and Western theatrical traditions, the play exudes wonder and mysticism. The many koan cases and the story of Huineng`s enlightenment afford the audience fascinating vignettes of Gao`s vision of life and existence—an awareness of the void and the need for a personal peace with oneself.
The Burrell Gallery is set in the heart of Pollock Country Park a beautiful woodland setting. In addition to work by major artists such as Rodin, Degas and Cézanne, the Gallery also has important examples of late medieval art, Chinese and Islamic art, Ancient Civilizations and more.
For more information
Pollok Country Park, 2060 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow G43 1AT
Tel: 0141 287 2550
Take advantage of the half price preview shows offered on Thursday 5th and Friday 6th of August to ensure you are one of the first to discover the incredible polyphonic music from Guizhou province. The New York Times described their singing as `Multifarious and splendid music making ...to brilliant and amusing effect.’
Guizhou Ethnic Arts Ensemble will appear from 5-23 August (not 8,11,18) in a lunchtime show in Fringe venue no 7, the New Town Theatre, George Street. Read all about them, hear their music, see some of the dancing on our microsite.
The Glasgow Branch of the Scotland China Association will host an illustrated talk by Mary McNulty about her journey to Southwest China in 2007 when she visited minority areas populated by Dong people.
Cultural differences can be seen through the variance of local materials and embroidery.
After the talk there will be a Chinese meal to which all members are welcome to attend - please email f.newham(at)scotchina.org or speak to a member of the committee on the night.
This year the Confucius Institute is organising a Festival show featuring dance and music performances from the Dong and Miao people from the southwest region of Guizhou as part of the 2010 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Guizhou Ethnic Arts Ensemble are a professional group which have achieved critical acclaim in Europe and the USA. They will appear every lunchtime in the New Town Theatre, 96 George Street, Edinburgh from 5-23 August(except 8,11,18).
Harmony Chinese Music Ensemble are to appear at Glasgow`s West End Festival on Saturday 19 June at the College of Piping, 16 Otago Street, Glasgow, G12 8JH.
The concert starts at 8pm and tickets priced at £6.50 can be booked via Tickets Scotland on 0844 415 5221 or online here.
Founded in 2002 by Yanmei Wu and Eddie McGuire, Harmony has enthralled audiences with their wide-ranging repertoire of folk music, song and dance from different ethnic groups in China. In 2005, their collaboration with the Whistlebinkies brought together a new piece `Tian di Yuan` for Celtic Connections. Members of the ensemble play the Chinese zither (zheng), the bamboo flute (dizi), percussion, fiddle and moon guitar (zhongruan) and feature song, dance and martial arts. `Slickly presented, the unusual was made accessible without compromnse.`
WEF has grown from small beginnings in 1996 to a major festival and has now run as long as Mayfest, which ended in 1997. It is partly produced by its founder and director Michael Dale, but much of it is self-produced by one or other of the many talented people who choose to live and work in this great city.
VENUE: College of Piping, 16 Otago Street, Glasgow, G121 8JH
DATE : Sat 19 June 2010
TIME : 8pm
Book via www.tickets-scotland.com or call 0844 415 5221
Harmony Music Ensemble website
West End Festival website
This year`s the National AGM of the Scotland China Association will be held at Glasgow`s Mitchell Library 10.30 for 11am.
After business Dr Judith McCLure CBE will talk about the work of SCEN, the Scotland-China Education Network.
If you are interested in the work of the Scotland China Assocation which is a non-profit, non-political and non-sectarian organisation for people who have an interest in all aspects of Chinese life and civilisation please visit their website for more information. www.scotchina.org